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Lasers In Physical Evidence Examination: An Overview
Author(s): E. R. Menzel
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Paper Abstract

A recent application of fluorescence that is perhaps largely unknown outside law enforcement involves the utilization of laser excited fluorescence (LEF) in forensic science. In this overview, the focus is on LEF applicaton to development of latent fingerprints. Other areas of criminalistics, such as document examination and fiber analysis will be dealt with briefly only. To bring the technical reader, who likely has little familiarity with the fingerprint field, up to stream, a historical introduction precedes the description of current procedures for laser detection of latent fingerprints which is followed by a brief outline of current areas of research in the fingerprint area and application of lasers to other types of evidence examination. The overview concludes with an assessment of the current state and utilization growth prognosis of lasers in criminalistics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0743, Fluorescence Detection, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.966942
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E. R. Menzel, Texas Tech University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0743:
Fluorescence Detection
E. Roland Menzel, Editor(s)

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